Bespoke Skirt Tailoring Course


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Tuesday 2nd April - Friday 5th April 2024 

10am-5pm each day

32 Bocking Street, London, E8 3FP

The class will take place in our shop just around the corner from Broadway Market. It's about 15 minutes walk from Bethnal Green tube station, 10 minutes from London Fields and Cambridge Heath overground stations.  


In this four day course you will learn how to draft and sew your own bespoke skirt. Level up your sewing skills and learn the skills used by couture tailors. During the class you will draft your skirt, complete with waistband and centre back zip and make it up to a first baste (a wearable toile) draft and toile your skirt, sampling a variety of couture stitches as you go! This advanced workshop will help you to take your sewing projects to the next level!


+ How to draft a pattern from your own measurements
+ How to strike a pattern onto fabric using bespoke methods
+ How to edit your pattern to make style decisions, such as length (mini, midi, maxi) and share (fitted, A-line, flared)
+ Learn what an inlay is and how this can make your garment more alterable
+ How to use bespoke methods to create a lining
+ How to sew a fully lined skirt with a hand finished waistband
+ How to insert an invisible zip
+ How to hand sew a button hole on a waistband
+ How to hand finish garments with couture techniques including: fell stitch, cross stitch and blind hem stitch
+ How to add an optional inseam pocket into the waistband (small, but big enough for a bank card!)

This is a practical class and you will create a bespoke pattern and toile of your skirt. There will be some hand sewing outside of the class, we’ll go through all of these techniques before you complete the finishing touches at home! 


This class is suitable for advanced sewists. This is a fast paced class, covering a range of techniques, so you may need to complete some hand sewing at home in the evenings of the course. You need to be confident in making alterations to patterns and inserting a zip. You will finish the workshop with a range of advanced tailoring techniques that will level up your sewing skills!


+ Use of our Pfaff Ambition 635 sewing machines in the classes. If you'd like to learn on your own machine then please do bring it along - please let us know the model in advance and bring your manual with you.
+ All tools and equipment
+ Instructions to take home with you
+ Hands on help to create your pattern pieces
+ Drinks and sweet treats to keep you going throughout the class.


+ Fabric for toiling and matching thread for your skirt. For the main skirt fabric we recommend a medium weight, we’d suggest a wool suiting or jacquard, but you can also use a cotton/linen. You will also need a lining fabric. The amounts for both will depend on the style of skirt you want to make ((more for a maxiaround1.5-2m for a maxi skirt, less for a mini around 1m for a mini!). If you want guidance on the amount of fabric you will need, you can send us your rough measurements and usual dress size and we’ll be happy to advise. You will also need some haberdashery (a button, zip and silk buttonhole thread) and specialist fabrics (silesia and waistband fabric), we will send out a full list before the class.


Dive into the world of Couture and Bespoke Tailoring with Eleanor McDonald.  Eleanor’s practice has always been grounded in tailoring, she produced seasonal collections that where shown in Paris and Milan before moving towards a Bespoke and made-to-order model. Trained at Central Saint Martins, she has worked on the BA Bespoke Tailoring course at London College of Fashion and is now joint Year 1 Lead on BA Womenswear, also at London College of Fashion.


The workshop will take place in our studio around the corner from Broadway Market. We have a dedicated workshop room at the back where you can sew in peace and still see the hustle and bustle of the shop. It's about 15 minutes walk from Bethnal Green tube station, 5 minutes from London Fields and Cambridge Heath Overground stations. The studio is at ground floor level with no steps. It is fully accessible and has a fully accessible toilet.


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